the-psychology-behind-cosmetic-surgery-dr-kim

As cheaper plastic surgery services are getting more and more popular and available around the world, it’s important that people stop and think about their motivations before jumping on the bandwagon and going under the knife.

What are the leading countries and procedures?

The most recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reveal the following to be the leading countries in terms of the number of plastic surgeries performed in 2014: United States, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Germany, France and Colombia. The top five surgical procedures on the same year are Eyelid Surgery, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, Fat Grafting and Rhinoplasty.

Of the five, Eyelid Surgery and Rhinoplasty are concerned with altering a person’s facial features. All other procedures usually come secondary and later in life, but these two have a strong appeal to the younger generations.

What’s the deal with Asians and plastic surgery?

In Asia, the desire to blend and harmonize Western and Oriental features is so strong. The Asian Eyelid Surgery or Upper Blepharoplasty is the leading kind of eyelid surgery that seeks to give Asians a wider, Caucasian-ish eye shape. Rhinoplasty for people of Eastern descent is a means to achieve a higher and straighter nose bridge and a shape that’s thinner in width and balanced in length.

Korea, the Plastic Surgery Capital of the world, accordingly had 40% or more of its own population undergo a cosmetic surgical procedure—majority of whom are between 18-30 years old, males and females alike.

When you’re nineteen, all the girls get plastic surgery, so if you don’t do it, after a few years, your friends will all look better, but you will look like your unimproved you,” a young Korean lady said. “We want to have surgeries while we are young so we can have our new faces for a long time.”

If you think carefully about this statement “your friends will all look better, but you will look like your unimproved you,” you will be able to identify how different psychological factors like peer pressure, discontentment and lack of self-assurance and self-confidence come into play in arriving at the conclusion of having someone’s physical features—particularly facial—altered.

Will plastic surgery help me find a deeper sense of self?

But does subscribing to a culture that promotes surgically aesthetic means in order to achieve a certain standard of beauty guarantee personal satisfaction and an increased sense of self-worth?

A research study entitled “A Review of Psychosocial Outcomes for Patients Seeking Cosmetic Surgery” has this to say about it:

Plastic and cosmetic surgeons regularly report high satisfaction rates among their patients, and they have provided clinical and empirical evidence supporting positive outcomes in terms of patient satisfaction with cosmetic surgery procedures. Further, it has been assumed that a positive change in physical appearance for the patient will lead to an improvement in their psychological well-being, including their self-confidence and self-esteem. However, patient satisfaction with procedures and changes in psychosocial status are two different, although related, issues. Patients can be satisfied with their appearance change following the operation but may experience no change in psychological characteristics.”

For those who are going into plastic surgery with wrong expectations and with a disrupted psyche, you might need to give yourself more time in order to set your motivations straight. Aesthetically enhancing yourself will indeed make you beautiful on the outside but it doesn’t come with the solutions to your psychological and emotional needs.

So if you are hoping to achieve something other than beauty, you have to let it sink in that plastic surgery could never guarantee you that.

A weak psyche could pave the way for plastic surgery disasters.

Those who are looking for a psychological fix from plastic surgery might be prone to poor decision making and could hence fall victim to cheap deals and sub-quality services. Lots of cosmetics clinics are mushrooming here and there and are offering low cost services and unrealistic promises.

If celebrities and movie stars still encounter plastic surgery disasters in spite of commissioning the services of high-profile specialists, then you are definitely at a much greater risk of causing possibly permanent damage to yourself if you trust an unqualified practitioner.

Choose only the best specialist for the best results.

If you are however sufficiently aware and knowledgeable of the risks and what cosmetics surgery entails, you should consult a highly trained and certified specialist with a proven track record of successful procedures and satisfied customers.

Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kim by calling any of the following numbers:

(02)9280 3632 [English]
(02)9280 4900 [Chinese]
(02)9280 0111 [Korean]
(02)9280 2044 [Japanese]
1300 104 102 [Vietnamese]